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“When you study it to be a player, and you’re actually a wide receivers coach, you’ve got to know that as good as anybody,” Mike said.

In turn, Kyle has thrived under Mike’s disciplined, detail-oriented coaching style.

If the Redskins‘ offense breaks down in a game, Mike follows up by asking Kyle whether he covered that play or concept in practice. The answer better be yes.

“If you’re slipping, he will be your worst enemy and your biggest pain because he’ll be all over you,” Kyle said. “It makes you a better coach. You’ve got to think everything out and be organized.”

Family time, football time

It doesn’t matter whether your last name is Shanahan or Smith, there’s never a bad time for ice cream.

Friday mornings around 10:30 suit Mike Shanahan perfectly. That’s when he likes to drive the 10 minutes or so across Leesburg, Va., to Kyle’s house and take grandchildren Stella, 4, and Carter, 1, out for a treat.

“He’s a real good grandpa,” Kyle said.

Kyle and Mike said they don’t feel the need to see each other often outside of Redskins Park, but they do when Mike visits the grandkids and Kyle sees his mom. The convenience of those visits is just one of the perks of working together.

The NFL lockout this summer allowed for some additional time. Kyle’s family, his sister Krystal’s family, Peggy and Mike all went to the Bahamas.

Not that talk of football and the Redskins stayed behind. That has a passport, too.

“We annoy the heck out of my wife, my sister and my mom,” Kyle said. “There’s not many dinner tables that go by without it leading to football.”

The conversation inevitably winds back to the job at hand.

Father and son have moved on to a new quarterback project now, as Mike’s vision for the team starts to take shape.

He wants players who value the work it takes to win. Those who don’t meet his standard, regardless of their resume or the size of their contract, will be gone.

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